Shame is a lead weight tied around your neck.

Shame is a hook under your collar-bone.

Shame is a jail-keeper, disguised as a concerned friend; it pretends to keep you safe, while pressing a firm hand against your mouth.

Shame is a smothering blanket that keeps you in bed until three in the afternoon.

Shame is the enemy of creativity. It collapses the full spectrum of your personality into a small pile of acceptable colours. It kills self-expression and dismisses diversity.

Shame is the flip-side of guilt. Guilt tells us that we have done something wrong that needs amending. Shame…


Plus Train Rage & Gravity Hats, in Part 16 of Gaming Myself Happy: an ongoing series about mental health and video games

This is Part 16 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.


Part 15 of Gaming Myself Happy, an ongoing series about mental health and video games

This is Part 15 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.


Part 14 of Gaming Myself Happy, an ongoing series about mental health and video games

This is Part 14 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.


Part 13 of Gaming Myself Happy, an ongoing series about mental health and video games

This is Part 13 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.


Part 12 of Gaming Myself Happy, an ongoing series about mental health and video games

This is Part 12 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.


Part 11 of Gaming Myself Happy, an ongoing series about mental health and video games

This is Part 11 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.


Plus a lot of physics-based fun, in Part 10 of Gaming Myself Happy, an ongoing series about mental health and 500 video games

This is Part 10 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.


Part 9 of Gaming Myself Happy, an ongoing series about mental health and video games

This is Part 9 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.


Part 8 of Gaming Myself Happy, an ongoing series about mental health and video games

This is Part 8 of ‘Gaming Myself Happy’, a blog/journal/review series where I attempt to play the 500 Best Video-Games Of All Time, whilst taking a look at my own mental health and working on getting better. You don’t have to read them all in order, but the full intro and Part 1 can be found HERE.

Jon Headley

I’m a musical artist/producer who also loves to write; currently publishing a long blog about mental health and gaming. Instagram @jonheadley for my music!

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